As it was in the time of Jesus and as it is now, we think people who are materially rich are blessed people. If one has a nice house, that person is blessed. If one has a prosperous business, that person is blessed. If one holds a high position and is powerful, that person is blessed.
In the Gospel, Jesus breaks that type of thinking by saying it is harder for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. In other words, the truly rich in the eyes of God are those who know how to give.
The Gospel teaches us how to give in many ways.
- This world is passing. “You who have followed me will sit on the twelve thrones.” We came into this world with nothing and we are leaving this world with nothing. Hence, the basis for eternal life is what we have done to the least of our brethren. The basis for eternal life is how we used our God given talent, treasure and time.
- God is a generous God. “For my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life.” We are reminded that it is in giving that we receive. Not that we expect it, but by God’s very nature, He will always bless those who bless others.
- Live a meaningful life. “He who is last will be first.” In a world that hails the number one, Jesus tells us that the first are those who serve. Many times, they will not be appreciated but God sees everything.
That is why now more than ever, during these times of a pandemic, the challenge is to give. After all, giving is the highest form of living.